Artists: Brian Ulibarri
What year did you start tattooing: 2008
Do you have any special training: My experience and training in fine art growing up came from my family members and instructors teaching me everything I know and love about art!
Tell us about the style of your work: I love realism but I like to put an artistic and creative touch to it. I do a good amount of portrait work but always want to do more! I am most known for watercolor and painted effects in my tattoos. I try to blend the to styles of realism with the painted affects as much as I can. I love both Black & Grey and Color equally, I let the subject matter and mood of the piece decide if I use black or colors...
Conventions usually worked: The Palm Trees and Tattoos convention is a fun one but I don't have any that I frequent yearly yet. I'm still a little new to the convention scene I'll be doing more next year for sure!
Where did you apprentice?: My apprenticeship consisted of learning how to do tattoo safely and quickly, that's about it! I was a walk-in artist at a small street shop for two years after my "apprenticeship". I am mostly self taught and rely on my painting and drawing skills.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Florian Karg is a personal hero of mine as well as Richie Pineda and Victor Chill! It's a combination of styles and skills from these 3 artist that best describe my style of tattooing.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: 1. Don't put everything you have ever wanted to say or express into one tattoo! You may not know it yet but you will be back for another tattoo soon so tell your story one tattoo at a time. 2. Put a tattoo where you really want it, all tattoos hurt when your getting them and when it stops hurting you'll wish you had put it where you really wanted it!
How did you get into tattooing: My wife is awesome! We were on the couch one night watching all these reallity tattoo shows pop up everywhere and it made me so frustrated that I never got into tattooing when I was in younger. I went to bed that night feeling discouraged. The next day my wife called all the shops in town until one agreed to talk to me about an apprenticeship! Thant's how it all started for me....
What inspires you to be an artist: Everything! Other peoples art, music, stories, lives etc... What keeps me driven is to always push my abilities and always test myself artistically. What keeps me passionate about art, my family! Showing them that you can follow your dreams and do what you love!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I love doing movie themed tattoos the most I love movies, even bad movies. I love good characters and tattooing the personality of both the actor and the character they play...
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I need to do a Christopher Walken Portrait! ;)